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Friday News Round-Up (February 16)
A new title for Die Hard 4, and more...

16 February 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: All over the net

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Die Hard 4 Has A New Title!

And it’s the old title. That is, it’s Die Hard 4.0, which is infinitely preferable to the horrendous Live Free Or Die Hard. How do we know this? Well, the new trailer for Len Wiseman’s summer blockbuster went online today, and there it is at the end: Die Hard 4.0. Given that this trailer was an international teaser, there’s still a possibility that the US title will remain Live Free… but over here in Blighty, we get a title that actually makes sense, given the movie’s computer hacky plot. And how’s the trailer? Well, most Empireites seemed to greet it with cautious optimism, although one staff member ran out of the room screaming, “it’s not Die Hard! It’s not Die Hard!” following the bit where the Capitol Building is reduced to smithereens. See it here and decide for yourself, although even the URL would indicate that Live Free Or Die Hard isn't totally out of the picture...

It’s Hostel Part III! Kinda…

The success of Eli Roth’s Hostel has been a double-edged sword (or, in this case, a rusty axe), with all manner of ‘young US tourists getting hacked to bits in creepy foreign locales’ flicks ready to cash in. And DreamWorks have just hired a director for the latest Hostel-a-like. Carter B. Smith will call the screams on The Ruins, in which four young American tourists go to Cancun and get lost in the jungle, after a German tourist persuades them to help look for his missing brother. Empire will bet a relatively minor body part that a) the German bloke is up to no good, b) there is no brother, and c) torture and screaming and death will soon follow, and not necessarily in that order. But this might not be entirely without merit: the film is set up with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, and Scott Smith – who wrote the screenplay for Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan – is performing similar duties here.

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Live Free or Die Hard...
Is it me or does the website and trailer on the link still say "Live Free or Die Hard"? The Casino Royale trailer didn't look like a Bond film at all and that was not only the best Bond in decades (you 'urd). Not only did it bring new ideas to a pretty stale character, it then dove tailed into an incredibly traditional Bond movie. Give 'em what they want but not how they expect it. There isn't a film made that couldn't be improved by the addition of Bruce Willis as John McClane...&nbs More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 09:22 on 19 February 2007 | Report This Post

I can only hope the film is better, but from the look of the trailer this doesn't look like Die Hard at all. It looks like some 10 a penny summer action flick. I can only pray those redicolous stunts are the only ones in the movie!! More

Posted by Crow at 00:45 on 19 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Rubbish FX
I'm really looking forward to this one. The title change is a mistake though, come on Die hard 2: DIE HARDER, Die Hard WITH A VENGENCE ! Pure cheesey goodness, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD is the perfect title. More

Posted by barnaby jones at 12:15 on 18 February 2007 | Report This Post

Rubbish FX
If you take the link from "Mikkel Drewsen" and pause the trailer near the end - at the point when the guy is jumping from the helicopter (just as the police car is hitting it) - you can see how 'un-finished' (or just how plain rubbish) the effects are. It seems that the post production's been done on a cheap video editing suite or something. Also, in the Capitol Building demolition, it seems that the building's either a miniature model or composed of some rubbish CGI. Unless they enhance/change More

Posted by sonofliberty1 at 02:48 on 18 February 2007 | Report This Post

I was happiest when it was called Die Hard 4: Die Hardest, that would so easily have been the best film title in a long long time. More

Posted by dontcallmeshirley at 19:54 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The right link
Ah c'mon how wrong can you be! Surely there isn't anyone truly relieved at a title change from the cheesy, inventive "Live Free Or Die Hard" to the accursed "4.0" a figure away from the ultimate in bland sequel titling, which is perhaps even worse. 4.0 is appropriate considering the plot? the .0 tag is an extremely old hat way of suggesting new tech. I seem to remember it getting ridiculed when originally anounced. Then again it isn't worth getting excited about the title, the film has ver More

Posted by Hamish at 18:54 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

The right link Hi.. I think you posted an old link. This one works better. More

Posted by Mikkel Drewsen at 13:26 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

Old Trailer
Isn't this the old trailer that's been out for ages?! More

Posted by SirTiger at 12:10 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

'Live free or die' is the most famous of the state mottos in America (its New Hampshire's); 'Live Free or Die Hard' makes perfect sense in the American context and incidentally, '4.0' is completely uninspired. More

Posted by jbar7406 at 04:09 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

Sigh, it's not Die Hard in this one, look at that trailer, blowing up a helicopter will show his position, the Die Hards worked with McClane worried from being caught, and rying to stealthy commit a plan, that never works completely, this looks like all action shit. I want good McClane, or i'm grabbing my pitchfork and hunting down Wiseman. More

Posted by Ethanial at 23:40 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

God, i hope they dont change the title.
Live Free Or Die Hard is even more cheesily awesome than all the other cheesily awesome titles in this fanchise. Die Hard 4.0 is some bland, bland shit. More

Posted by ednygma at 22:32 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Die Hard 4.0 trailer...
The link you have in the article does indeed go to the Live Free or Die Hard trailer but if you are after the new Die Hard 4.0 trailer please check my myspace page for it ( then click on the Die Hard blog entry and you will be able to link to it from there. Thanks x More

Posted by samneill at 20:39 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 4 Has A New Title!
"the Capitol Building is reduced to smithereens" ???? Did I miss something? A helicopter blew up and Bruce shot a gas cannister... I saw no building reduced to smithereens! ???? More

Posted by Bubba76 at 20:33 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

when you think about it, Die Hard itself is a pretty smelly title. But Die Hard 4.0 is better than LFODH More

Posted by Hughezy at 18:42 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Well, the trailer quite clearly stated the title as 'Live Free Or Die Hard' on the link provided. In fact, it said it twice just to make sure it was entirely clear that the film definitely isn't called Die Hard 4.0, in case any magazine websites somehow became confused. God forbid. Anyway, if nothing else at least LF0DH is different from the norm (even if it's rather odd) wheras DH4.0 is just blandness beyond compare- which, incidentally, is about as much as we can expect from the movie judging More

Posted by shanyi at 17:55 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

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